Magnetic Stripe Readers: Switching between Operating Modes
The Elo USB magnetic stripe readers (MSRs) work in either of two modes:
The desired operating mode is determined by the software that runs the user's business, usually a point of sale (POS) software package. End users often end up with an MSR that is set up for the wrong operating mode for their software. For this reason, Elo now offers MSRs that may be easily switched between operating modes.
NOTE: This document does not apply to serial MSRs, as they do not use either mode.
To switch the USB MSR operating modes, first download the standard USB Change Mode program and extract MSR Change Mode.exe.
Make sure the monitor is powered on and the Video and USB cables are connected.
To test the Keyboard emulation mode, open Notepad or any word processing program to a blank document, then swipe a credit card - the card information should be displayed in the document.
The easiest way to test the HID mode is to simply try it with your POS software and see if it reads cards.